Duluth City Council condemns legacy of Indian boarding schools

City Council's resolution calls for a Truth and Healing Commission


October 13, 2021

Brooks Johnson • brooks.johnson@startribune.com

Skylar Stillday, 10, dances at Monday's Indigenous People's Day celebration at Duluth City Hall.

DULUTH – From the steps of City Hall, an Ojibwe prayer rose above the crowd. A 10-year-old danced in traditional dress. Drums and songs punctuated the stories of Indigenous achievements.

"This is a victory for our ancestors," said Babette Sandman, chair of Duluth's Indigenous Commission and a member of the White Earth Nation. "There was a time this was all outlawed."

This year's Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Duluth took on new gravity after the City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Monday acknowledging "the pain and suffering, acts of torture and genocide and ongoing historical and intergenerational trauma suffered by American Indian and Alaska Native children, families and tribal communities resulting from the boarding school policy."



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